Transferable Skills

The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, in consultation with Colleges, has identified the ways in which undergraduates can acquire and develop certain skills and attributes (‘transferable skills’) throughout their University career. As well as enhancing academic performance, these skills can be used beyond students’ university careers and are highly valued by employers. You are encouraged to make use of the opportunities afforded to you to develop those attributes which will stand you in good stead in later life.

The following are examples of how skills might be developed by an undergraduate in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic in each of these categories. You can click on each link to find out more.

As a guide, the University and Colleges have agreed jointly that all undergraduates should graduate with intellectual skills, communication skills, organisational skills and interpersonal skills. Further skills, such as foreign language skills, research skills, computer literacy and numeracy will also be useful to varying degrees for particular career paths.

Intellectual Skills

such as:

Intellectual initiative
Critical reflection
The ability to gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information
The ability to extract key elements from complex information, including
listening in a discerning manner
The ability to identify and solve problems
The ability to select and apply appropriate methodologies
The ability to assess the meaning and significance of information
Analytical, evaluative and critical thinking
Estimation of the relevance of information
Discriminating between opposing theories
Forming judgement on the basis of evidence
The ability to engage in lateral thinking, openness to creative thinking
The ability to marshal arguments coherently, lucidly and concisely

may be developed through University and College activities such as:

Communication Skills

such as:

The ability to marshal arguments lucidly, coherently, logically and concisely
The ability to present material orally in a clear and effective way, including sensitivity to listeners’ perspectives
The ability to present written material clearly and effectively, including sensitivity to the reader's perspective
Attention to detail
Ability to think quickly on your feet

may be developed through University and College activities such as:

Organisational Skills

such as:

Self-direction
Self-discipline
The ability to take initiative
The ability to write and think under pressure and to meet deadlines
Management of time and resources

may be developed through University and College activities such as:

Interpersonal Skills

such as:
Working creatively and flexibly with others
Adaptability
Formulating and meeting team objectives
Interacting successfully on a one-to-one basis
Respecting different viewpoints

may be developed through University and College activities such as:

Research Skills

such as:
Bibliographic skills
Practical skills
Palaeographical skills
Writing and presentation skills

may be developed through University and College activities such as:

Foreign Language Skills

such as:
Reading primary and secondary materials in other languages
Speaking/conversing in a foreign language
Writing in a foreign language

may be developed through University and College activities such as:

Computer Literacy

such as:

may be developed through University and College activities such as:

Numeracy Skills

such as:
Knowledge and use of statistical techniques
Basic financial transactions

may be developed through University and College activities such as:

Other information

If you would like more advice about acquiring these kinds of skills, contact your Director of Studies or the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Further information is available through the following University web-pages: